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Self-Protection System Solutions for Wide-Body and Special Mission Aircraft

Terma offers highly efficient integrated survivability solutions for large aircraft. We focus on delivering affordable solutions that create commonality across the fleet.


Introduction

Terma's self-protection systems (SPS) provide affordable and scalable combat proven solutions for the operators. Our systems are especially suitable for wide-body and special mission aircraft, where different requirements ranging from the bare minimum affordable solution for a cargo plane to the advanced high-end solution for entering into critical missions.

Further, specific requirements for the busy cockpit, i.e. automatic modes and adaptation to existing cockpit operation philosophy, are an embedded part of our systems.  


Benefits

Fully Integrated Solutions
We integrate all SPS functionality, control, and display into the existing cockpit panels and adapt to the same operating philosophy as in the existing cockpit. Or we can provide a dedicated single-point display and control panel covering the entire SPS installation.

Highly Efficient Solutions
We provide optimized and affordable solutions by providing pods and other applied aerostructures to optimize sensor locations and countermeasures position and firing angles.

Advanced Added Capabilities
Besides control integration and consolidated threat display, our solutions provide added capabilities;

  • Embeded training; Threat environment simulation and pilot training
  • Organic Recording; Recording of entire environment including all threat detection, pilot actions, and aircraft position and -attitude. Ideal for aircrew debriefing and threat scenario analysis
  • Electronic Combat Adaptive Processor (ECAP, i.e. automatic threat response) supports the aircrew on selecting the optimal countermeasure in a given threat environment.

Commonality across Fleet
We integrate your preferred systems on the aircraft - providing commonality with existing fleet systems. This significantly reduces inventory costs, staff requirements, and overall lifetime support costs.  

Terma offers highly efficient integrated survivability solutions for large aircraft (image courtesy: FLVFOT)

Functionality

Cockpit Integration
The complex cockpit of a large aircraft requires a high degree of integration to achieve ease of operation and minimize pilot workload. The ALQ-213-based self-protection system (SPS) can be integrated using existing cockpit displays, heads-up displays, and control panels by adapting to existing interfaces in the mission architecture. We have successfully adapted to third-party systems and provided full cockpit integration with a minimum of changes to the existing mission architecture.

Optionally, our system provides for using a dedicated SPS display for consolidating all threat and status information and all system controls into one panel. Terma provides the Advanced Tactical Threat Display that meets this requirement and can be installed in a single or multiple display configuration. Or our system can adapt to third-party federated display(s).

Effective and Optimized Solutions
Protection of a wide-body aircraft with multiple hot-spots (engines) and a large footprint requires a system that provides timely warning and effective threat countering. Terma's adaptable solutions provide means to install and integrate sensors and countermeasures in the most optimal way. Our podded and aerostructures solutions provide optimum sensor locations and dispense locations/directions. Further, podded solutions are an affordable and quick solution to gain additional dispenser capability on the aircraft to provide the best protection against modern threats.

The ALQ-213 controller is the core of a SPS integration and provides all industry standard interfaces to integrate sensor and countermeasures systems into the core.

Added Capabilities
A major benefit of integrating SPS subsystems is to have the full overview of the actual combat environment. The ALQ-213 provides the full consolidated situational awareness overview to the aircrew. With information and control available, the ALQ-213 also provides added capabilities like an "automatic" mode of operation. This is where the automatic threat response function - also designated the Electronic Combat Adaptive Processor (ECAP) - is activated. The ECAP is a programmable tool that is set up to provide the most optimum threat response for the given platform in a given situation. It dramatically increases survivability and reduces reaction time - on top of reducing pilot workload.

Further, with the ALQ-213 as the dedicated SPS controller, Terma provides the Embedded Training provision. This is the most realistically on-board training capability available with the ability to simulate a combat scenario. The Embedded Training capability is a valuable tool that can provide aircrew training while flying long haul missions.

The Organic Recording function provides a recording capability at a system level. This allows for analysis of all sensor data and comparison with aircraft position and -attitude data. The ALQ-213 recording function has been used heavily in combat operations for debrief and intelligence purposes.

Commonality Across Fleet
The benefit of operating and maintaining the same SPS subsystems across a number of different aircraft has been demonstrated by Terma customers throughout the years. The ALQ-213 based integrations provide the flexibility necessary to gain commonality.

C130-J with flares (image courtesy: FLVFOT)